The main reasons cited for the preference of respondents to mobile technologies in learning were the time involved and the convenience in learning. However, only one of the four people interviewed were of the opinion that mobile technologies were set to replace the conventional learning methods for a new language. The other three people still felt that the traditional methods were to remain since they were novel in their approach to learning. Moreover, mobile technologies were not fully competent to provide the capabilities that the old methods are able to provide in learning.
The reasons for these responses are as listed. Mobile technology is said to be more effective because of its obvious reasons of time and convenience because of which people can learn anywhere and anytime on the go irrespective of their other work. They also opine that this method is interesting to learn and an instantaneous way of gaining knowledge (Koh, 2015). On the contrary, the other set of respondents feel that learning this way makes people lethargic and lazy and that being more addicted to the computer may make them mentally inactive and more inclined to computer games or so, rather than learning.
Mobile technology is a revolutionary development in the field of science and computers that has changed practically everything. In comparison to the devices like the iPod, PDAs and similar ones, mobile phones have been able to penetrate the market much more. The 2011 statistics show that the number of mobile users was nearly four times that of personal computer users and that the number was at 4.2 billion then. The owners of mobile phones then were around 55% of the population across the world. With the features of the mobile phones increasing and their cost decreasing, the use of this gadget as a highly portable tool for learning languages has attracted many people (Anon, 2015). This is mainly because of the ease of access that this brings around. In the past 15 years, there has been a great deal of research in the field of mobile phones and the device that was just a call and text device has now multiple abilities and expertise. The number of mobile phone users has increased since 2011 and that for 2015 is 4.43 billion. It is estimated to touch 5.07 billion by the year 2019.